Information to help avoid today’s most common cyber threats
Your employees are a key component in protecting the security of your business’ technology infrastructure. Most employees will use the Internet on a daily basis without incidences, but it can harbor some hidden dangers. These risks can include exposure of sensitive information and infection by malware, which includes viruses, spyware, and adware. Safe browsing means being aware of these online threats and taking the necessary steps to avoid them.
It only takes a little bit of effort, a few tools, and some basic information to use the Internet wisely. Follow these guidelines to protect sensitive information and your network from cyber attacks.
- Update Web browsers regularly and enable security features
- Choose “Yes” when browser programs like Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari prompt you to update; current versions of these browsers protect you against security vulnerabilities in older versions
- Guard personal information
- Look for signs of an encrypted Web page when providing sensitive personal information (credit card or banking information, SSNs, etc.) online; key identifiers include a URL for the Web site’s login page that begins with “https” and a padlock icon in your browser status bar (the location of this icon will vary based on browser)
- Be wary of Internet downloads
- Streaming media Web sites might seem harmless, but watching or listening to streaming media may mean downloading a special media player that could contain malware
- Downloaded files like software or other media can hide malware on your computer without your knowledge
- If a download seems too good to be true, it probably is—don’t risk it!
Another way a virus can infect your computer is through a random pop-up that comes up while browsing the internet. If you see a pop-up that looks like anti-virus software and tells you that your computer has problems it may be a scam. There have been many such programs in the past that have warned of false errors and then offered to fix them if you purchase their software. If you see a new type of anti-virus pop-up that you have not seen before, or if it appears to be from an anti-virus program that you did not install then it is fake.
Be careful when surfing. You can get a malicious script from a webpage and not know it. If you ever get a window asking if you want to allow an automatic install, say “No” unless you know the site requesting the install.
If you are concerned about the security of your business’ computer or network, contact ACE IT Solutions at 646-558-5575 for a free security consultation. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a FREE copy of our Safe Internet Browsing Manual for your employees.